A highway clogged with a river of mud. Crushed vehicles and homes. Rescue workers desperately scouring wreckage for survivors: The photos and videos out of Montecito, California, on Tuesday showed a town devastated by mudslides and debris flows mere weeks after it was ravaged by theThomas fire.
At least 13 people have died in the disaster, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. The number of casualties are expected to increase as rescue operations continue.
On Tuesday, the county fire department, residents, journalists and others took to Twitter to share photos and video of the devastation.
WASHED AWAY: Drone footage above Montecito, California, shows a massive mudslide this morning after a major winter storm, with dirt and debris swamping the 101 Freeway and closing the highway in both directions. https://t.co/yPfAYQc6m4pic.twitter.com/Gsrxt3Eg7e— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 9, 2018
WATCH: Video shows devastation in Montecito, California, following a powerful overnight storm that led to the deaths of at least 13 people https://t.co/Qu7vQd56mf— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 10, 2018
NBC News' @GadiNBC: "The lake at the end is the 101" pic.twitter.com/6ix4R46LdA
The US 101 Freeway at the Olive Mill Road overpass flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek. pic.twitter.com/SjaSOgOFMm— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 9, 2018
This is what floodwaters and mud can do. That’s the remnants of a car in Montecito, CA pic.twitter.com/S0CNVEbTqM— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) January 10, 2018
#BREAKING: Mudslide shuts down the 101 in Montecito. People asking to be rescued from vehicles who are trapped in water. Reports of homeowners trapped by rising water around their homes. Multiple homes on fire bc of a gas line break. @NBCLA photo cred: @_FabRamirezpic.twitter.com/9THfBqAiOA— Daniella Guzman (@DaniellaNBCLA) January 9, 2018
This is not a river. This is the 101 freeway in my neighborhood right now. Montecito needs your love and support. pic.twitter.com/jRNCBrp4b5— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 9, 2018
Over Montecito where devastating mudslide destroyed cars and shut down 101 feeeway pic.twitter.com/j1MSDO2us1— Jeff Nguyen (@jeffnguyen) January 10, 2018
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